Chris Messerly

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612.349.8500 • Minneapolis, MN


Chris Messerly began his career at Robins Kaplan in 1981 as a part-time messenger, weekend receptionist and clerical aide. Since then, he has committed himself to the practice of Personal Injury law, seeking justice for those injured by wrongdoers.  Regularly recognized as a top lawyer in his field, Chris lead the call to the legal community to provide free legal services to the victims of the 35W bridge collapse, as well as tirelessly fighting for answers, compensation and a memorial for the victims.  He was awarded the “Everyday Hero Award” from Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota for his efforts to protect children from abuse. Mr. Messerly took a little girl’s case to the Supreme Court and convinced the high court to create a law holding doctors accountable for failing to report suspected child abuse. 

“We need to remember that law is a service profession. Not only can we help one person, but we can also help the rest of the world by changing legislation and creating new safety standards.”  Chris Messerly

Chris also practices Medical Malpractice law. He is an Ironman triathlete and he enjoys playing hockey, restoring old cars, and community service. He and his wife of 35 years have 3 children (his daughter, Anna Sawatzke, D.P.T., is a Robins Kaplan Medical Analyst.)


Chris Messerly and Phil Sieff Represent Injured Police Officers, Pro Bono, in Lawsuit Against Full Metal Gun Shop

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin


  • Named a “Minnesota Super Lawyer” Super Lawyers(2000-2015)
  • Named a “Litigation Star,” Benchmark Litigation (2011-2015 editions)

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Chris Messerly Case Results
  • Description of Incident Head-on collision with a truck.
    Description of Damages Resulted in brain injury.
    Description of Awards $10.3 million verdict
  • Description of Incident Distracted driving.
    Description of Damages Resulted in the death of young mother and wife on bike.
    Description of Awards $6 million presuit settlement.
  • Description of Incident Distracted driving.
    Description of Damages Resulted in the death of a college student in a crosswalk.
    Description of Awards $1.85 million presuit settlement.